From a MinMinas press release. Translated and with commentary by Hydrocarbons Colombia.
MME, Bogotá DC, October 1, 2012. Thirty eight investment projects in transport, health, education, culture, environmental and agricultural development, among others, were approved by the College of Management and Decision (OCAD) held in the department of Arauca.
Gold Oil published its 1H2012 results and it is clear that it needs partners quickly. The company has an interest in the Azar block (operated by Gran Tierra) and operates the Nancy Burdine block under an arrangement with Ecopetrol. Both blocks are in Putumayo. The company also has interests in Peru.
The Colombian Petroleum Workers Union (USO) has called for an industry-wide strike or day of protest in the oil-important department of Meta on October 3, 2012. The union is in a bitter battle with CEPCOLSA and its subcontractor Termtecnica Coindustrial but has been trying to widen the dispute to include Pacific Rubiales. A few weeks ago, it told reporters from RCN Radio that riots in the city of Puerto Gaitan were directed at the company, something that spokesperson Ferderico Restrepo had to deny publicly. The union says the march, strike or day of protest has the goal of raising awareness on the following:
Yesterday violent protests in Puerto Gaitan, Meta left 3 dead. RCN Radio — which usually takes a “right-of-center” stance — reported that the protests were because Pacific Rubiales had “failed to deliver on its commitments”. UPDATE: On September 17th, Pacific Rubiales Corporate Affairs Director, Frederico Restrepo told RCN Radio that the protests were not directed at the company but caused by the death of a small child in a traffic accident with a policeman.
From an Environment Ministry press release. Translated and with commentary by Hydrocarbons Colombia.
Business newspaper Portafolio reports that a project sponsored by high-profile congressman Simón Gaviria and colleague Jaime Rodríguez would allow municipalities to charge mining and hydrocarbons companies a local “Industry and Commerce” tax known as ICA.
Source: Petrominerales, Hydrocarbons Colombia.
In a press release, Petrominerales provided an update on production and exploration. The production summary can be seen in the chart: yet another month of lower production this time 8% month over month. The company did not provide a zonal breakdown as they did in their 2Q12 results. However the company did explain the August results precisely in terms of